Access Control

Access Control Gates / Electric Gate Operators

Access control is a great way to add value and convenience to any gate entrance or exit scenario. D&C Fence installs swing gate operators and slide gate operators for all types of electric gate systems. From residential to commercial grade. From electrical to solar powered operators, we have what you need to fit your application. A huge convenience D&C offers as well is running your electrical needed for your installation, this way we are a one stop shop. Please give us the opportunity to provide and install your operator needs. An integral part of any access control system is the gate. Swing gates or electric sliding gates are the two most popular styles. Either of these access control systems can be motorized with many options to gain entry and exit. The type of operator needed for electronic access gates depend on the type, size, and intended use of the gates.

Gate Access Control System Options
Access into areas can be obtained through the use of various devices that can tailored to specific needs. Keypads, for example, allow any person with the correct code to gain entry, while card readers require that the individual possess a valid card for entry. Other options are also available and each solution is custom tailored to your situation and needs. A most common entry/exit tool used for gate opening systems is a simple transmitter. With the push of a button, much like a garage door opener, the gate is controlled to open and close. These transmitters come in key chain style as well as visor style.

D&C also provides many different types of keypads for an automatic gate system. The hardwired keypad is our most reliable keypad. It is heavy duty and lights up when keys punched. This type of keypad is hardwired to the gate operator which makes it a much more reliable tool. These keypads can be mounted to existing fence or posts at site or installed on a pedestal so vehicle entering does not have to get out of vehicle put can roll down window and punch code. The wireless keypad works in the same manner, the difference is it works without running any wiring but on frequency of receiver. This is less cost than the hard wired key pad yet not as reliable. This unit runs off of a small battery that will need to be replaced from time to time.

Safety Features
A huge question to ask yourself when having an electronic access gate installed is do I want the gate to close on its own once someone has entered. For example, you have a keypad at the entrance. The code is entered and the gate opens. The only way for the entry gate opener to close is if the code is entered again on the same keypad (not likely) or maybe the owner has a transmitter. Otherwise it would make much for sense to trigger the timer on the operator once opened to close automatically within a certain period of time. If this is the case then it becomes necessary to install safety devices on the gate operator system. The most common of these safety devices the safety photo cell. This shoots a laser across the gate opening. When an obstruction is breaking this laser the photo cell helps to keep the gate open, when the obstruction, vehicle or person clears the safety photo cell, the timer on the gate is triggered and when the time is up the gate will automatically close. This works great for residential and for some commercial applications. The best tool however for helping to keep automatic access gates from closing on vehicles is safety loops. It is only possible to install safety loops into concrete or asphalt (decent condition) drives. These loops are saw cut into existing drives and installed and sealed. When a vehicle is over these loops they are magnetic and will sense the vehicle thus helping to keep the gate from closing on the vehicle. When the loops are cleared then the timer is triggered and the gate will automatically close. These are the most reliable source of safety control to operators. The biggest issue with the safety photo cell is that when it rains, is foggy, or maybe the eye is hit by mower or something, the gate will remain open until this is fixed.

Guest Entry Systems
For properties where once access controls and gates and operators are installed that prohibit guests from entering there are several different options you can consider. One of the most common entry gate openers is the telephone entry system. These range from residential standard to high tech pc programmable commercial grade units. These systems are designed to use a call button that will call the homeowner, apartment, etc. on their telephone line and the homeowner or tenant can enter a code from their phone to let the guest in. They are able to communicate with guest as well as open gate. All these units come with built in keypads hardwired as well for coded entry and many come with a CD in order to be able to access the unit from a PC and track all entries and exits from property. Another great guest entry system especially for residential is a simple intercom system.

When an automatic gate system is set up to automatically close after entering the property then the question becomes how can the guest or owner leave the property. This can be done in many different ways. One option and most common in the instance where there is cement drive or asphalt drive is the free exit loop. This works a lot like the safety loop, it is magnetic and is installed in ground. When a vehicle rolls over this part of the drive with the loop the gate will automatically open. Another option in the case of no asphalt or concrete drive is a free exit probe. This works a lot in the same manner and when a car passes the buried probe the gate is triggered and will open the gate for free exiting. In the case no timer is set on the gate a simple keypad or transmitter can be entered to close the gate.

There are many other options on access control for gates, cameras, magnetic locks, long range transmitters, battery backup, and many many more, just let us know what kind of electric gate system you need and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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